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Rape Suspect Accused of Drugging Women

BEND, OR -- A 54-year-old man faces charges for allegedly drugging and assaulting two women while they were incapacitated. Deschutes County Sheriff's Sgt. William Bailey says one of the women met Eric Jonsson when she went to check out a room he advertised for rent on Craigslist. "[It] Just brings up some of the concerns and general precautions the public should make when dealing with people online. They don't ever really know who they're dealing with, and so they should take those extra precautions, particularly if they're going to become a roommate. Even if you are as careful as you can be, still bad things can happen; there's always that potential."


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and SWAT executed a search warrant at Jonsson's home on Klippel road, northwest of Bend. After a brief stand-off, he was taken into custody, late Thursday. Sgt. Bailey says the investigation is ongoing, "So, this case is very active. We have interviews still to do, evidence to collect; some specific details of the investigation are unable to be released at this time, but he's currently being held in the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office adult jail on one count of Rape I and one count of Sex Abuse II." He tells KBND News, "The facts of this case are concerning. We had received reports from females believing they had been drugged and sexually assaulted by him, and so our detectives are going to work tirelessly to investigate every lead and follow up on every piece of information."

Investigators are searching for more potential victims. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office.

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